Workforce Services Appoints New Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Director



The Department of Workforce Services’ Utah State Office of Rehabilitation has selected Arlene Garcia Gunderson as the new director of the Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Gunderson will be responsible for the oversight and administration of programs assisting Utah’s Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing communities and their families.


Gunderson most recently worked as an American Sign Language assistant professor, as well as a consultant and project lead for the first mobile, on-demand and live interactive video chat tutoring, education and practice platform for the Deaf in both K-12 and college-level subjects.  In addition, Gunderson led a development team in creating free, online courses for Deaf adults in Ontario, Canada. Gunderson also served as the first director of the Gallaudet University Regional Center – Southwest in Austin, Texas, when it opened in 2011. Throughout her career, Gunderson has worked in a variety of roles, including Deaf services coordinator, high school social studies teacher, K-12 school for the Deaf principal, ASL lead and co-director of an ASL-interpreter preparation program. More...





Golden Key Awards honor Utah employers for leading the way in supporting individuals with disabilities and veterans



Eight local businesses, agencies and advocates were each awarded with the Golden Key Award, honoring their work to help promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities, including veterans. The 45th Golden Key Awards were presented by the Utah Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and the Department of Workforce Services’ Utah State Office of Rehabilitation as part of the Disability:IN Utah annual summit.


Every year award recipients are nominated by their peers, employees and community partners for making the commitment to support people with disabilities and veterans through employment, including recruitment, training and workplace accommodations. More...





USOR Moab Office to Relocate to Moab Employment Center



The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) in Moab is moving to a new location at 457 Kane Creek Blvd., Moab, UT 84532 starting Thursday, March 28, 2019.


The office is moving to be co-located with Workforce Services peers in the Moab Employment Center. USOR staff will be able to provide a variety of additional resources and services to our clients at this new location.


The Moab USOR office at 125 West 200 South will remain open until the end of business on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. For anyone who has questions, concerns or needs assistance with travel directions to the new office, please call 435-259-4635. View flyer.